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# Making Equations Useful

Scaffolding

Name(s): ___________

As weve seen, its not useful to use slope-intercept form for all scenarios. Sometimes a scenario calls for a different form, called ___________________________. However, once an equation (or system of equations) is written, it is useful to convert it to slope-intercept form because __________________________________________________________________________________ ___________. Lets work out some problems to get used to this idea. 1. You buy 6 movie tickets for \$8 each, and gas for your car that cost \$3.50 per gallon. Altogether you spent \$100. a) What is the likely question that would be asked from this scenario?

b) If you were to write an equation for this, what form would it take? c) Solve this problem...dont worry about writing an equation, just do it.

## d) Now lets try to write the equation and solve it:

e) What similarities do you notice between what you did for c) and what you did for d)?

Now lets try a scenario that would require a system (this problem is unrelated to #1): 2. You buy 6 movie tickets and 9 gallons of gas for your car, and spent \$90. Your friend spent \$141 on 9 movie tickets and 15 gallons of gas. a) What is the likely question that would be asked from this scenario?

b) If you were to write equations for this scenario, what form would it take?

## d) Now lets try to write the equations:

e) OK, now assume that we want to graph (many problems are best done by graphing). Well need to re-write these equations. Lets give it a shot:

f) Sweet, now we can graph them and easily find the solution. Ill show you. 3. Now lets try to write the equations for this scenario: You have \$100 and each time you go to the store, you spend \$12.50. Your friend has \$310 and each time she goes to the store, she spends \$15.50. a) What is the likely question that would be asked from this scenario?

## c) What would be our next step?

4. Exit Ticket: Write the equations for this scenario, then choose one of the equations to re-write into slope-intercept form. Circuit boards contain two different size microchips. One board contains 8 large chips and 3 small chips, and has an area of 87 square centimeters. A larger board is 180 square centimeters, and contains 15 large chips and 9 small chips. What is the area of a large chip and a small chip?

Bonus Challenge: The formula to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit is F = 1.8C + 32, where F is degrees fahrenheit and C is degrees Celsius. But what if you already knew the Fahrenheit temperature, and wanted to know the Celsius temperature? Rewrite the formula to give Celsius for the output.